ICT is our main driving force: In conversation with Dr. Siyabonga Cwele, Minister of Telecommunication and Postal Services

The recent SATNAC conference saw the minister of telecommunication and postal services deliver the keynote address.  Media colleagues and I had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Siyabonga Cwele, Minister of Telecommunication and Postal Services about the status of telecommunication in South Africa and government’s vision of broadband for all. “We are a new department […]

Engineering-wise, South Africa is in good hands

  The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) is a statutory body established in terms of the Engineering Profession Act (EPA), 46 of 2000. The ECSA’s primary role is to regulate the engineering profession in terms of this Act. Its core functions are the accreditation of engineering programmes, registration of persons as professionals in various categories, and […]

Innovation is crucial for SA’s growth

  The Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) was established in terms of the TIA Act, 2008 (Act No. 26 of 2008), with the objective of stimulating and intensifying technological innovation in order to improve economic growth and the quality of life of all South Africans by developing and exploiting technological innovations. South Africa had high expectations […]

Skills development – a necessary but costly business

I recently had the opportunity to have a conversation with Rob MacKenzie, MD of Endress+Hauser. The company opened its doors in South Africa in 1984, having been represented by agents prior to that. The agents had focused mainly on process measurement and management in the mining industry. Markets have now expanded with major developments in […]

In conversation with Dr. Jane Olwoch, MD SANSA Earth Observation: Remote sensing – we need more expertise

At one time the environment dictated to mankind, now mankind shapes the environment but often not in a way to that is sustainable for our future on Earth, the place we call home.  I had an enlightening conversation with Dr. Jane Olwoch, MD Earth Observation of the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) about the […]

In conversation with Prof. Barry Dwolatzky – dedication and passion but funding is lacking!

  If I was allowed only two words to describe Prof. Barry Dwolatzky, director of the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering at Wits University (JCSE) it would be “dedication and passion” – dedication in his commitment to support the creation of jobs in the IT sector and passion in the way he is doing it. […]

In conversation with Eric Leger, country president for Schneider Southern Africa: Going green is not just fashionable

  Green being fashionable is a tongue-in-cheek statement – but it should focus attention that going green is not just being fashionable or keeping up with the Joneses, it is for good business reasons and an understanding that we have a responsibility to care for what  we leave behind for future generations. Hans van de […]